Xavi Officially announces his Retirement from Playing

Barca Nepal. Barcelona one of the greatest midfielder Xavi Hernandez officially quits professional football. The 39-year-old has been plying his trade for Qatar side Al-Sadd starting from the 2015/2016 season. Last years, he has also been acting as a playing coach. Xavi has also recently obtained the coaching badges which means he could now completely focus on his managerial career.
Xavi says, as quoted by the Qatari media: “This is my last season as a player, but I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for me as a coach.”
He opens up on his future managerial career: “My philosophy as a coach reflects the style we developed for many years under the influence of Johan Cruyff and La Masía, and that has its greatest exponent in the way of playing football in Barcelona.”
Xavi finishes up: “I love watching the teams that take initiative in the field, attack [style of] football and return to the essence of what we all love from our childhood days: ‘Possession Football’.”
Xavi came through every rank of the Barcelona famous La Masia academy. He was a part of the club since 1995 and lasted for twenty years. The midfield maestro tops the all-time list of the most capped players at Barcelona. In total, Xavi has played 767 matches in a Blaugrana shirt, an absolute record.
151 out of the total 767 matches happened in the Champions League. During this incredible run, he won four Champions League trophies: in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015. He also scored 85 goals in all competitions during this run.
For Al Sadd, he has scored 22 goals in 84 appearances.


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